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The definitive guide to statistical thinking

Statistics are everywhere, as integral to science as they are to business, and in the popular media hundreds of times a day. In this age of big data, a basic grasp of statistical literacy is more important than ever if we want to separate the fact from the fiction, the ostentatious embellishments from the raw evidence - and even more so if we hope to participate in the future, rather than being simple bystanders.

In The Art of Statistics, world-renowned statistician David Spiegelhalter shows listeners how to derive knowledge from raw data by focusing on the concepts and connections behind the math. Drawing on real world examples to introduce complex issues, he shows us how statistics can help us determine the luckiest passenger on the Titanic, whether a notorious serial killer could have been caught earlier, and if screening for ovarian cancer is beneficial. The Art of Statistics not only shows us how mathematicians have used statistical science to solve these problems - it teaches us how we, too, can think like statisticians. We learn how to clarify our questions, assumptions, and expectations when approaching a problem, and - perhaps even more importantly - we learn how to responsibly interpret the answers we receive.

Combining the incomparable insight of an expert with the playful enthusiasm of an aficionado, The Art of Statistics is the definitive guide to stats that every modern person needs.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 David Spiegelhalter (P)2019 Hachette Audio

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very good statistics overview

If you've had statistics in the past, the first half of the book will be largely review of statistical concepts. if you haven't- it's a very good overview. In the second half there is time spent on bigger statistical implications in technology and science. It's a bit of a text book - and as an audio book. you may need to go slow and leverage the supplementary content. That said - the information in this book is stuff everyone should know. We would be a better population if we better understood how the numbers worked and could more readily identify sources of bias.

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An audiobook on stats? YES!

I loved this book and performance. After struggling with stats in college, I started to "get it" in grad school. Since then I have like reading popular stats books. This one is great and easy to listen to.

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love the book

I learned more about how statistics affect my life in this audio book than in any other piece of media before.

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Good book

The book is hard to follow at times but overall this is the best I found on Data Science on audible.

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The graphics are an essential part of the book

I teach statistics and enjoyed this book a great deal. The only reason for not awarding 5 stars is that it is essential that listeners have ready access to the many detailed tables and figures from the book. I was continually referring to the figures and had to wait from listening in my car to get the book (or pdf) to examine the figures to complete the experience. Spiegenhalter nice a nice job with the stories of the statistical personalities like Fisher, Neyman & Pearson. Salsburg's 'The Lady Tasting Tea' and Stigler's 'Statistics on the Table' does a better job with those stories of the battles among statisticians and statistical disciplines. He does a good job with the replicability crisis in statistics. He might have added a note about Hurlbert's pseudoreplication problem which results in the majority of published studies in many fields of natural science being statistically flawed. He presents the current controversy leading to the banning of the phrase 'statistically significant' but doesn't go all the way in agreeing that the term shoud be banned from the statisical literature.

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"Every map is wrong some are useful."

My headline is the main take away a got out of this audio book. looking at diagrams is not something I can do while listening and walking, so reliance on them detracts from this book.